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HOWELL FARMS IN IDAHO

The Howell's are one of the longest farming families in the State of Idaho. My Great-Great Grandfather Thomas Charles Davis Howell was among the first Mormon settlers in Franklin, Idaho in 1860. He was born in Goldsboro NC in 1814. His family migrated to Gibson County Tennessee about 1830. They joined the Mormons at Nauvoo Ill in 1845, and he served with the Mormon Battalion traveling to CA in 1846. He traveled through Fort Hall Idaho in 1847 on his way back east and then returned to Utah in 1852 captaining a wagon train.

John Deere by Howell Shop Potato Digger

He and others were sent to settle what now is Franklin, Idaho in 1860.

Along with my son Jason, we now raise 1,400 acres of malting barley for Corona Beer in Mexico and Anheuser Busch. 400 acres of seed potatoes, and several hundred acres of brown flax and mustard.

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M812 bridge truck converted into a potato truck.

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View of the Tetons from our house.

Harvest 2011

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More Fun On Our Farm

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Both of these pictures were taken in the early 1970's. This is a IH 403 open cab that my uncle rolled into the creek. He jumped clear with minor injuries. Had he been in a cab, it would have possibly killed him. The machine was up and running again in 4 days.

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This is a IH 403 hillside combine that the lower "wishbone" broke in between the two front drive wheels. It took four different cables, pulling in different directions to get it back into repairable condition. It was just driving down the field and collapsed into this contortion.

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This was my neighbor's "SHARK" IH tractor that had broken a 3-point pin.

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When this happens, the 3-point tool always catches the tire and comes up through the cab at the operator. It took my M-135 deuce with winch and boom to get this thing back on the ground.

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This is our neighbor's truck that had an air bag suspension.
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